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International Student Admissions

An “international student” is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or immigrant. Some international students are already living in the U.S. when they apply and others travel from their home countries. You are invited to apply to MCTC and join our international community and the students from all over the globe who have earned a technical, career or academic degree at MCTC!

If you have questions about the admissions process, please send an email to iss@minneapolis.edu.

  • Apply as an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen and not an immigrant. If you are a permanent resident, refugee or person with political asylum status, apply for general admission as a new college student instead.
  • You need a non-immigrant F-1 student visa to attend college. Learn more about visas
  • You have to show proficiency in English and meet academic requirements for international students to be accepted.
  • Federal financial aid is not available to international students.
  • Acceptance into the college does not guarantee enrollment into career and technical programs. Your academic record and placement test results must meet the program requirements, and space must be available in order to enroll.
  • New Students currently outside of the U.S.
    • May 1 for admission to the fall semester
    • October 1 for spring semester
    • No summer session admission
  • Transfer student currently n the U.S.
    • July 1 for fall semester
    • November 1 for spring semester
    • May 1 for summer session

If you are a prospective international student applying from a foreign country seeking an F-1 Student Visa to complete a degree at MCTC, please complete the steps to become an initial status student.

Initial status students are eligible to apply for admission to the fall or spring semester only. See the Academic-Calendar for fall and spring start dates.

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How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application and pay the fee ($20)
  2. Complete the testing or courses to show proficiency in English
  3. Submit academic records (original/official documentation of high school completion) to show you have met the academic requirements for international students.
    If you have attended University in your home country and would like to transfer credit, please submit your transcripts to MCTC through ECE and WES.
  4. Complete and submit the Financial Certification Statement form with supporting documents to show that you have funding for one full calendar year.
  5. Complete and submit the Immunization Record for International Students
  6. If available, submit a photocopy of current passport
  7. Optional: Complete and submit the Release of Information Form for International Applicants

Where to Submit All Supporting Documentation

Email all documents as attachments to iss@minneapolis.edu OR
Mail your completed forms and all supporting documentation in ONE envelope to:

Admissions – Attn: International Student Admission
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue – Suite T.2200
Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. 55403

You will receive a letter about your admission status within 30 business days of the application deadline or our receipt of your complete application. MCTC will not release the application decision over the phone to anyone, including applicants/students.

Please plan to arrive one month (30 days) prior to the start of the semester in order to complete the following tasks to begin your program successfully.

After arriving/before classes begin:

  • Complete Placement Testing and meet minimum placement test score requirements as follows.
  • Sign up and attend a New Student Advising and Registration session. Information will be provided in your acceptance letter. You will register for your first term classes during your on-campus session. It is strongly recommended that you attend a session as soon as possible after admission for the best class selection.
  • Attend an international student orientation meeting. More information about the orientation will be in your letter of acceptance to MCTC and time and location will be emailed to you.

If you are already in the U.S and you are requesting to change your current visa status to obtain F-1 student status (example: B1/B2, F2, J1, H4) and enroll in courses at MCTC to complete a degree, please complete the following process for admission to the College. To be admitted as an international student on an F-1 Student Visa you must be degree seeking and attend full-time (minimum of 12 credits). Students are eligible to apply for admission to the fall, spring or summer session.

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How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission and pay the application fee online
  2. Complete the testing or courses to show proficiency in English
  3. Submit academic records (original/official documentation of high school completion is required) to show that academic requirements for international students have been met
  4. Complete and submit the Financial Certification Statement form. Your estimated expenses must show that you have funding for one full calendar year.
  5. Complete and submit the Immunization Record for International Students
  6. Submit a photocopy of current passport
  7. Submit a photocopy of current visa
  8. Submit a copy of current I-94. You may print the I-94 from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website or submit a copy of the white (I-94) card attached to your passport and submit with application materials.
  9. If you are a J1 visa holder, you must submit a photocopy of DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitors
  10. Complete Placement Testing and meet minimum placement test score requirements as follows:
  11. If applicable, submit official copies of all previous college/university transcripts. If your transcript is not in English, it must be translated into English by an evaluation agency (such as WES or ECE) or you must provide a certified, literal translation.
  12. Optional: Complete and submit Release of Information Form for International Applicants

    MCTC complies with federal and state laws and regulations. Unless required by federal or state law, no one else may review an applicant's file without written and signed consent of the applicant. An applicant has the right to grant permission to disclose or discuss information regarding their information with someone other than them self. In order to grant permission, an applicant must complete and submit the Release of Information for International Student Applicants form. Completion and submission of this form is optional. Completion and submission of this form also means an applicant is giving their consent freely and voluntarily and understands the consequences of granting their consent to another party.

Where to Submit All Supporting Documentation

Please send your completed forms and all supporting documentation to:

Admissions – Attn: International Student Admission
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue – Suite T.2200
Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. 55403

You will receive a letter about your admission status within 30 business days of the application deadline or our receipt of your complete application. MCTC will not release the application decision over the phone to anyone, including applicants/students.

After arriving/before classes begin:

  • Complete Placement Testing and meet minimum placement test score requirements as follows.
  • Reading: ESOL 0052 (score 110 - 120) or READ 0200
  • English/Writing: ESOL 0051 (score 69 - 77) or ENGL 0900
  • ESOL Listening/speaking: EXEMPT from taking course (score 87–120)
  • Study for the placement test and view Testing Center hours and information

-Sign up and attend a New Student Advising and Registration session. Information will be provided in your acceptance letter. You will register for your first term classes during your on-campus session. It is strongly recommended that you attend a session as soon as possible after admission for the best class selection.

-Attend an international student orientation meeting. More information about the orientation will be in your letter of acceptance to MCTC and time and location will be emailed to you.

If you are currently enrolled at another U.S. college/university or English language school/institute and you are seeking to transfer to MCTC to enroll in courses to complete a degree, please complete the following process for admission to the college. To be eligible you must already have a Form I-20 issued by the school you are presently attending. Transfer students are eligible to apply for admission to the fall, spring or summer session. See the Academic Calendar for fall, spring and summer start dates.

Apply Now

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application and pay the fee ($20)
  2. Complete the testing or courses to show proficiency in English
  3. Submit academic records (original/official documentation of high school completion) to show you have met the academic requirements for international students and/or order transcript from current college or university.
    If you have attended University in your home country and would like to transfer in credit, please submit your transcripts to MCTC through ECE or WES.
  4. Complete and submit the Financial Certification Statement form. Your estimated expenses must show that you have funding for one full calendar year.
  5. Complete and submit the Immunization Record for International Students
  6. Submit a photocopy of current passport
  7. Submit a photocopy of current visa
  8. Submit a copy of current I-94. You may print off the I-94 at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website or submit a copy of the white (I-94) card attached to your passport and submit with application materials.
  9. Submit a photocopy of current I-20 form
  10. Optional: Complete and submit Release of Information Form for International Applicants
    MCTC complies with federal and state laws and regulations. Unless required by federal or state law, no one else may review an applicant's file without written and signed consent of the applicant. An applicant has the right to grant permission to disclose or discuss information regarding their information with someone other than them self. In order to grant permission, an applicant must complete and submit the Release of Information for International Student Applicants form. Completion and submission of this form is optional. Completion and submission of this form also means an applicant is giving their consent freely and voluntarily and understands the consequences of granting their consent to another party.

Where to Submit All Supporting Documentation

Email all documents as attachments to iss@minneapolis.edu OR
Mail your completed forms and all supporting documentation in ONE envelope to:

Admissions – Attn: International Student Admission
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Avenue – Suite T.2200
Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. 55403

You will receive a letter about your admission status within 30 business days of our receipt of your complete application. MCTC is not able to release the application decision over the phone to you or others.

After being admitted:

  1. Submit completed I-20-Transfer-Form. This form is completed by you and the DSO (Designated Student Officer) at your current college/university or English language program.
  2. If necessary, complete Placement Testing and meet minimum placement test score requirements as follows:
    1. Reading: ESOL 0052 (score 110 - 120) or READ 0200
    2. English/Writing: ESOL 0051 (score 69 - 77) or ENGL 0900
    3. ESOL Listening/speaking: EXEMPT from taking course (score 87–120)
    4. Study for the placement test and view Testing Center hours and information
  3. Sign up and attend a New Student Advising and Registration session. Information will be provided in your acceptance letter. You will register for your first term classes during your advising and registration session. It is strongly recommended that you attend a session as soon as possible after admission for the best class selection.
  4. Attend an international student orientation meeting. More information about the orientation will be in your letter of acceptance to MCTC and time and location will be emailed to you.

Student with F-1 student visa status currently enrolled at another U.S. college/university or an individual currently maintaining a visa (H, J, K, U) in the U.S. seeking to complete classes, but not seeking a degree or requesting an I-20 from MCTC.

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